Sealife Adventure Southend and arcades.

It’s official we have made a start on The Bucket list 2018, it’s a small start, but it’s a start nonetheless. While we wait for the weather to improve a bit, we are still very much doing indoor activities.

Henry has got really into watching Octonauts lately so the obvious choice for us was to take him to our local Sealife Adventure in Southend-on-Sea. We had told him in advance about the visit, so he was looking forward to it, he wanted to see some manta rays, sharks and of course a blue whale!

EHH! I did have to tell him quite often leading up to the visit that you don’t see blue whales in a sealife centre. I’m pretty sure he didn’t believe me.

For visits like this we often check prices first online to see if there is a discount for buying online and luckily there was. We opted for the family ticket of 2 adults and 1 child (Mollie is under 90cm so they don’t charge), the price is £32 on the website, when we entered the ticket option it then gave us the discount. So if your planning the visit its worth checking first.

Slightly behind schedule we got there just after 10am, it’s quite a simple entry process as we had the tickets already we just had to get our wristbands, which allows you access all day. That’s worth noting, you may want to come in and out, there are various feeding displays scheduled throughout the day.

As you enter the attraction they have added 2 new outdoor exhibits, meerkats and penguins you actually go above these first. If you are expecting to spend a lot of time here, looking at lots of displays etc, word of warning, its a small.

For us much of the actual exhibits went by in a bit of a haze, Henry would look at one tank and within a minute or so he was off to the next one. Honestly I think we got round the whole thing in record time.

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Friday play date – Ordinary Moments 18 #3

On Friday we had a playdate with my sister and a friend, we decided on soft play. There is one nearer to us that we have been to quite often so we opted for a different one, one we haven’t been to for a very long time. We used to meet up here when ‘Mummy club‘ first started, so I have a little soft spot for this one. We got there just as it opened so it wasn’t too busy to start with.

When we go to these types of places Henry tends to like an adult to go around with him so that he can get his bearings, he’s always a little unsure about his own abilities. He was always a little slower with his physical development in comparison to the other boys, he made up for that by  developing his speech quicker. After someone had gone around with him, and once his friend arrived he was fairly comfortable  going around it on his own.

While they were both doing this we took the opportunity to take the babies into the baby area, which was just underneath part of the bigger section. Every so often Henry came above us on his way round and it was so lovely to see him enjoying the freedom of going around with his friend.

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Bucket list 2018

We have now started to plan where we would like to take the children over the next year, and attempting to see where we can fit those things in. Sort of a bucket list. Some we have visited and really loved, so it’s a must to go back. I thought I would share some of the places we are aiming to go, have a read you might find something of interest;

American Speedfest, at Brands Hatch, we went here last year a little bit on the whim, I had heard they showcased the Disney Pixar Cars there the year previously and Henry loves them so we thought we would try it. Unfortunately they didn’t have them last year but they did have the Dinoco Car from the movie. As a day out goes it was amazing, way better than we expected. I’ve not ever had an interest in motor sport but hearing all the Nascar racers start their engines and rev, was quite phenomenal. The noise, I’ve never heard anything like it. It was Fantastic, we are already trying to sort tickets. YES!

Audley end railway, a wonderful place, and we have been several times. it really is one of those places that has an element of magic about it, its the type of atmosphere you need to experience for yourself. Its turned out to be one of my favourite places to visit as a family, I look forward to it every year.

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Well Hi there, 2018!

Here we are, the dawn of a brand new year. All shiny and new with the anticipation and promise of new things things to come. Well hopefully, anyway. If you didn’t read my last blog post on my look back over the last year then take a look here.

I certainly feel ready to start this year with a fresh and clear mind, and to make the most of all the things the year has to offer.

I have a few ‘goals’ in my mind I would like to achieve this year, some are personal to me, others are for the family. I’m a planner, I like to organise, I take notes and I write lists, and the majority of the time I spend just trying to organise my brain. Its a tough job.

So heres a little insight into some of the things I would like to achieve by the end of this year ( I won’t beat myself up if these don’t happen, life’s too short, but I would like to think that I will give it a go);

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A look back at 2017

This time of the year always makes me feel reflective, looking back on everything that we have achieved, all the places we have been and all the memories that we have made along the way. I’m feeling particularly reflective at this moment, partly because I am due back to my paid employment in a couple of weeks. So for me the end of this year also signifies the end of maternity leave as well.

The beginning of this year I was starting to feel pretty fed up, definitely exhausted, I was 7 months pregnant and I was feeling it. I work in retail and that time of year is always the hardest, without being heavily pregnant. The only thing that made this more bareable was becoming an Auntie for the first time to my nephew in January.

I started my maternity leave in the beginning of February and even though I wasn’t at work I could not shake the exhaustion, having a nearly 3 year old does that.  I had a lot of aches and pains with this pregnancy as well which I didn’t get first time around.

Henry had his 3rd birthday in early March, we held a little gathering for his friends and close family to celebrate. We then spent his actual birthday taking his new balance bike to the woods.

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Autumn Days

I love all the seasons, I don’t think I could pick a favourite. I’m extremely indecisive, (half the problem) but they all give me something different to enjoy. As we are in Autumn, let’s talk about Autumn shall we?

I love the changing leaves, the yellow, burnt orange, red and brown. I love how they fall down and carpet roads and pavements in a crunchy tapestry of autumnal colours. I love the nights drawing in, the chill in the air, the crisp fresh sometimes frosty mornings. I love how it makes you want to curl up inside with lots of blankets and a hot chocolate or 2, I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

I embrace (perhaps a bit too often) the way it makes you feel like you want to hibernate, in the warm and cosy. As soon as it looks remotely like summer is over my husband often jokes about me putting the heating on. I am always cold! So with my enjoyment of hibernation I set our family (and myself, mostly) a little challenge to try to get out and about a bit more in the fresh air through the autumn and winter.

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Henry’s favorite books list

I thought I would do a quick post on some of Henry’s favourite books. He’s got more into listening to books lately so I thought it would be a good idea to have a list post as he definitely seem to have a few he goes back to very often.

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

This has become a firm favourite of all of us so far, we really love the rhyming story and the illustrations. The story follows a small brown mouse though the woods in search of a nut, as he wanders he meets a few characters who would like to ‘eat’ him. He manages to wriggle out of each scenario by telling each one he’s having lunch with a Gruffalo. As far as the mouse knows the Gruffalo is something he has just made up. Continue reading